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Negima!: Magister Negi Magi, Vol. 10 Paperback – May 30, 2006
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Ken Akamatsu is the best-selling creator of Love Hina, one of the most popular manga series translated into English. It was selected by Kodansha for their prestigious 'Manga of the Year' award. Love Hina has been converted into an anime series that is popular in both the US and Japan. Ken Akamatsu lives in Tokyo. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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If you have been following the series to this, Volume 5, then you are familiar with the style of the book and its characters. Here, it's part two of the school trip, with the kids in Kyoto facing off against menaces of their own creation as well as new challenges
The Kissing Contest in the first section is hilarious, with Asakura and Chamo arranging a contest amongst the students to see who will be the first to kiss Negi. Of course, things never go as planned, and hijinks ensue, even in this unorthodox situation. The romance between Negi and Nodoka heats up from her attempted confession last issue, and Nodoka is determined to be the kisser. However, there are some unexpected twists, and even the stalwart Yue reveals secret longings and gets into the game.
Next up is the revelation of new player, Kotaro, who challenges Negi and Asuna, after isolating them from the rest of the crew. Nadoka's new abilities are revealed, and she lends a hand to the two battlers. (Powers which manage to flip up her skirt every time they are used. Ahhh...Akamatsu...) Kotaro is a great new character, one who will play an even larger part as the story unfolds.
Finally, a trip to Movie Village in Kyoto, famed as the place where Samurai dramas are filmed, allows for more action from Konoka and Setsuna. This is a good chance to get the gals in period costumes, and for Sestuna to play the Knight Errant.
Volume 5 is a somewhat transitional book, setting the stage for the climatic battle that will come in future volumes, and allowing some of the girl's to get charged up. It is nice to see the Konoka/Setsuna storyline expanded on, and Kotaro is a great character and an interesting foil for Negi.
The next day is a free activity day. While students go sightseeing, Negi and Asuna visit the main temple of the Kansai Magic Association to deliver the letter. They enter the gate, and then find themselves in a strange place, where once trapped no one can exit. Negi and Asuna encounter Kotaro the new enemy there. Kotaro is very strong. It's a crisis! Nodoka, the girl who confessed her love for Negi in the previous volume, performs an important role in this episode. It is amazing how she uses her new magic item spontaneously and effectively.
And now, where is Konoka? She is pursued by the enemies. The last parts of the book depicts the adventure of Konoka and Setsuna. Setsuna the guardian takes Konoka to a famous tourist spot Eiga-mura (Cinema Villege) in order to hide her in the crowd. There are a lot of open sets of the street scenes of the Edo Period. You can try on costumes of famous historic figures. (I've never been there, though.) Setsuna's usually a bit too formal with Konoka because of her faithfulness. But now she enjoys a short rest -- until they are attacked.
This is my most favorite volume so far. The girls with various personalities are not simple followers now. They act decisively not only for Negi but also for their friends. The last scene is very picturesque... (I know it could sound stupid to comment that the graphic novel is picturesque, because all graphic novels are made of pictures. But you sure understand what I mean if you read the book.)
By the way, since English is my second language, I'm not sure whether the translation style of the book is natural or not. But when Kotaro calls Asuna "One-chan," it should be pronounced "O-Nay-Chan." It would be better to spell it as "Onee-chan / Onei-chan" or such. (Onee-chan means "older sister" in the literal sense of the word. It sounds amiable and cute when used between siblings or good friends, or if the caller is a kid. But if not, it is kind of rude. Although Kotaro is neither Asuna's sibling nor friend, he is a kid, so this cheeky cub's manner is not so bad.)